How to go from Fukuoka to Nagasaki?
Take a seat and look at the great views
The route between Fukuoka and Nagasaki is served by the Limited Express Kamome trains. For great views of the Ariake Sea, be sure to reserve a seat on the left-hand side of the train!
A scenic rail journey on the Kamome train
0 KM - Hakata (Fukuoka)
Hakata Station is the main station of Fukuoka city. Renovated in 2011, this central hub has shopping, rail lines, subway lines, and a direct 10-minute connection to the airport.
14 KM - 0H11 - Futsukaichi
Futsukaichi is a small onsen town.
29 KM - 0H20 - Tosu
The highlight here seems to be the Tosu Premium Outlet with over 100 stores.
32 KM - 0H24 - Shin-Tosu
This is a second station newly built in Tosu as an interchange between this line and the Kyushu Shinkansen.
54 KM - 0H37 - Saga
Visit the Saga City Historical and Ethnological Museum with houses from the Edo, Meiji and Taisho periods. If you have a few hours to spare around Saga Station, you can visit Horie Shrine, just to the north-west and dating back to the 13th century. You can rent a bicycle and follow the old JR Saga Line past some old stations and visit the most famous sight in Saga, the Chikugo River Lift Bridge. Those visiting in October may be lucky enough to catch the Saga Balloon Festival, a week-long event and one of the largest in the world.
68 KM - 0H46 - Hizenyamaguchi
Change here for trains to Arita, famous for Imari porcelain and the port of Sasebo.
83 KM - 0H57- Hizenkashima
You can start to see the beautiful Ariake Sea on the left side of the train. Once a year, Kashima holds the Kashima Gatalympics, an event made purely to try and put the city on the map. Teams from all over the world compete in Olympic-style games, but in thick mud leading to interesting consequences.
129 KM - 1H37 - Isahaya
If you are heading to Unzen Onsen, you will need to change to a non-JR line here.
152 KM - 1H52 - Urakami
The nearest station to the Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park.
154 KM - 1H55 - Nagasaki
What to see ?
An open air museum, the garden of the first western house built in Japan, that of a Scottish merchant, ThomasGlover, who was instrumental in the development of Kirin beer.
Open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., ¥610.
Nagasaki Peace Park
The park, the Atomic Bomb Museum and Hypocenter Park is a sobering place to reflect on the events of 1945 and the huge loss of life suffered by the city. Open daily except December 29 to 31, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.,¥200.
About 20 km off the coast of Nagasaki is Gunkanjima ‘Battleship Island’, made famous in the James Bond film Skyfall as the inspiration for the baddies lair. A recently added boat dock allows you to land and get a little closer to what was at one time the most densely populated place on earth.
3 hours boat tours, around ¥4000. Reservations recommended on weekend and during holidays.
Learn more about Nagasaki with our Japan Experience Travel Guide.
Where to stay ?
S-peria Hotel Nagasaki エスペリアホテル長崎
Located 500 meters from JR Nagasaki train station, this hotel provides modern rooms with free WiFi. Convenient and modern.
5-35 Gotomachi, Nagasaki 850-0036
Tel : 09-5826-1211 / www.s-peria.com/nagasaki/en
Dormy Inn Nagasaki ドーミーイン長崎
Located right in front of Chinatown, from Nagasaki Station take the tram for 6 minutes to Tsukimachi. From there, the hotel is a minute on foot. Make sure you enjoy the hotel's complimentary public bath!
7-24 Doza-machi, Nagasaki, 850-0841
Tel : 09-5820-5489 / www.hotespa.net/hotels/nagasaki
Where to eat ?
Kouzanrou 江山楼 中華街本店
Nagasaki is home to the first Chinatown in Japan, with roots in the 17th century. This is the best place in the south to get noodles! To get there, enter Chinatown from the Tsukimachi street car station, then take the first left and continue to the end of the street.
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Tel : 09-5821-3735 / www.kouzanrou.com
Nagasaki’s most famous confection, castella, in all shapes and sizes. Hakusuido is located on the street directly perpendicular to Shianbashi street car station.
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tel : 09-5820-5489 / www.momokasutera.com